Where Teens and Technology Meet: engaging teens with digital media
This webinar showcases Howard County Library System’s HiTech Digital Media Lab, where teens develop 21st century skills through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications.
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At Howard County Library System’s HiTech Digital Media Lab, teens are developing critical 21st century skills and being guided toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Founded on innovative teaching methods which demonstrate that teens learn most effectively through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications, HiTech provides curriculum that is both self-paced and structured, offering an array of classes and projects for youth to select. The community response has been remarkable. Youth are on waiting lists to register for opportunities to explore and learn about STEM principles while having fun in the process.
HiTech is funded in part through a federal grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and IMLS. Sponsors include Friends of Howard County Library, and Frank and Yolanda Bruno.
Presented by Angela Brade, Chief Operating Officer, Support Services, Howard County Library System, Maryland
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- Howard County Library System's HiTech Digital Media Lab (hclibrary.org/hitech)
- HiTech's Escape from Detention game on iTunes (covered on the Daring Librarian)
- Videos on YouTube about HiTech Digital Media Lab
- HiTech STEM Lab on Flickr
- HiTech Schedule
- Howard County Library System is 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year and recognized as 2013 Top Learning Innovators by Urban Libraries Council.
- GameMaker studio info: http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio
- More on Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums from IMLS
- Mimi Ito on HOMAGO (video)
- Teens and Technology 2103: report from Pew Internet and American Life Project
- SimplySTEM: This wiki is a place where librarians can share and find complete plans for STEM content in library programming
- STARnet: This online community is for library staff who want to provide STEM programs in public libraries and for STEM professionals who want to help them
- Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out (free ebook): by Ito and multiple authors; 400+ pages
- August 2013 webinar, Conversation Sparks: Tech-Savvy Kids, hosted by MERLIN
- Teens and the Future of Libraries with YALSA webinar series with Connected Learning
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Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
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